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Best External DVD Drives for Your MacBook

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:27

Best External DVD Drives for Your MacBook is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you own a MacBook Air or a newer MacBook Pro that doesn’t include a disc drive, here are the best external DVD drives for your MacBook.

Not everyone needs a disc drive, which is probably why Apple got rid of them in the MacBook Pro. The world is going digital and that means music, movies, etc. are becoming more popular as streaming options, rather than shoppers buying them on physical discs. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the DVD is completely obsolete, though, as many people still use them.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re completely stuck if you have a newer MacBook Pro or another computer that doesn’t have a disc drive. External DVD drives exist for this very reason, and they easily plug into a USB port on your MacBook and away you go.

The best part is, you don’t need to pay a lot of money for an external DVD drive, as many of them can be bought for around $30. Here are the best ones that you can buy for your MacBook.

Apple USB SuperDrive

This is a pretty obvious option for MacBook owners. Apple has its own external DVD drive known as the SuperDrive, and it comes with the same aluminum design as the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, so it’ll match your setup nicely.

The only downside is that it’s $79, which is really steep for an external DVD drive, but it’s really the only way to go if you want a matching design.

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LG’s external DVD drive is a good option for those looking for a cheaper option than Apple’s SuperDrive, as it’s only $33 on Amazon.

The drive can burn DVDs and CDs, and it works on both Macs and Windows PCs. Furthermore, this drive includes M-Disc support, which is a type of disc that’s more physically resilient and will theoretically last longer than a regular DVD disc. This is probably something that most users won’t really need to worry about, but it’s nice that the drive includes the support for it anyway, just in case.

Samsung Ultra-Slim Optical Drive

Perhaps the cheapest option that we’ve seen (as well as the slimmest), is Samsung’s Ultra-Slim external drive, which measures in at a cool 14mm thick, making it one of the slimmest options available, as well as the cheapest, ringing in at only $25 on Amazon.

The drive supports OS X and Windows, and it even has limited support for Chrome OS and Android. You can’t burn a disc on Android, but you can use it to read/watch DVDs. And like the LG model previously, this one also supports M-Disc.

Asus External Slim Drive

If you prefer an external drive with a disc tray (rather than slot-loading), then the Asus External Slim Drive is the one to get.

It’s also one of the cheapest options we’ve seen at $24 on Amazon, but it’s a rather thick drive because of the disc tray, which takes up more space. However, it comes in a beautiful white finish with a stylish diamond cut design that would look great on any desk.

Samsung Slim Blu-ray External Drive

If it’s a Blu-ray external drive that you’re after, then this Samsung drive for $79 is the best option by far. It’s obviously a lot more expensive than just the regular DVD drives, but it allows you to watch Blu-ray movies, as well as burn Blu-ray discs.

Perhaps the best part about this drive is that it only needs one USB port to function, whereas other Blu-ray drives sometimes require two USB ports in order to get sufficient power.

The price is a bit steep, but if you really want Blu-ray capabilities, it’s definitely the drive to go with.

Best External DVD Drives for Your MacBook is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It’s Worth Installing

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:11

iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It’s Worth Installing is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Yesterday, Apple released its new iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today, we want to fill you in on a few reasons why you might want to think about installing the new iOS 8.1.3 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right now or in the near future.

There was quite a buildup to yesterday’s iOS 8.1.3 release for iOS 8 users. Last year, rumors suggested that Apple would release the iOS 8.1.3 update ahead of iOS 8.2 and in the weeks following that rumor, reports indicating that Apple was indeed working on an iOS 8.1.3 update behind the scenes. Apple, true to form, declined to offer any specific details about the update leaving a thick air of mystery around the situation.

Unsurprisingly, many iPhone and iPad users were curious about the update. Many of the iPhone and iPad users were spoke to pre-iOS 8.1.3 release were interested because of lingering iOS 8 problems. iOS 8.1.3 rumors indicated that the update would be a bug fixer and that’s precisely what Apple rolled out yesterday morning.

Apple’s iOS 8.1.3 update is a large incremental update to the iOS operating system and it delivers a series of bug fixes and improvements for devices compatible with iOS 8. It’s not as big as the iOS 8.1 update that rolled out last year but it’s still a significant upgrade and one that many iPhone and iPad users are thinking about installing.

In the past 24 hours, we’ve received a number of questions about iOS 8.1.3 and it’s stability. Smaller iOS updates often have a big impact, both positive and negative, on performance. So it’s no surprise that tons of people want to know if the update is worth installing, right now, ahead of iOS 8.2.

Everyone’s situation is going to be a little different so we want to touch on five reasons why we think you might want to think about installing the iOS 8.1.3 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch today. Remember, Apple never forces you to install its iOS software so if these reasons don’t fit your needs, you can always revisit the iOS 8.1.3 update at a later date.

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While we’ve seen a few iPhone and iPad users complain about iOS 8.1.3 battery life problems, a majority of the user feedback we’ve seen indicates that iOS 8.1.3 has actually had a positive effect on iPhone and iPad battery life. Here’s a small sample of what we’ve discovered so far. This kind of feedback is actually a bit unusual after an iOS update.

IOS 8.1.3 seems to have resolved the battery issues on the iPhone 4s. Still a crappy phone forced on me by work though.

— Oh no it’s Steve (@OhNoItsSteve) January 28, 2015

iOS 8.1.3 actually solves battery drain issues yessss.

— Asha Hersi (@ashahersi_) January 28, 2015

iOS 8.1.3 fixed my battery draining problems #yaaas

— Roman ? (@roman__reynoso) January 28, 2015

I just downloaded and installed the new iOS 8.1.3 software and it has definitely fixed the battery drainage issue for my phone!#feelinhappy????

— Scott Tran (@transcot91) January 28, 2015

My review :- iOS 8.1.3 is better than iOS 8.1.2 new version is saves your battery ????????????

— Oliver Queen (@excuzemi) January 28, 2015

Early results, but I’m about ready to declare iOS 8.1.3 has solved my battery drain problem. Still showing 100% & would’ve been down to 75%.

— Bob Estes (@onscrn) January 27, 2015

A fix for battery drain problems wasn’t listed in the iOS 8.1.3 change log but it appears that iOS 8.1.3 has helped to settle battery life issues on at least some iPhones and iPads. This doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed to solve your battery drain problems but an upgrade to iOS 8.1.3 is probably worth a shot if you can’t find any other fixes.

We’ve put together a list of battery life tips for iOS 8.1.3, they’ll work with any iOS 8 update, and if the problems continue after the upgrade, we suggest checking them out.

iOS 8.1.3 Impressions Don’t Reveal Any Major Problems

We’ve been putting iOS 8.1.3 through the gauntlet over the past day or so and what we’ve found is a stable piece of software across most devices. We’ve posted iOS 8.1.3 impressions for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 3, iPod touch, and we’ve rounded up feedback from iPad 2 and iPhone 4s users. What we, and many others have found, is that iOS 8.1.3 is a very stable update.

Major iOS issues typically jump right off the page, immediately after the release. Smaller issues are a little trickier to find but we’ve been scouring forums and social media in an effort to identify major iOS 8.1.3 problems and we’ve come up empty. Most of the problems we’ve seen are isolated issues. There’s one calendar bug that appears to be causing problems but if you’re already on iOS 8, there’s really nothing you can do.

Overall the iOS 8.1.3 iPod touch performance is good.

On top of the good performance, iOS 8.1.3 comes with some crucial bug fixes for iPhone and iPad including a fix that “prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime, a fix for broken multitasking gesturing on the iPad, and a fix that “addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results.”

If you’ve done everything you can to prepare and you want the latest bug fixes, it’s probably safe to download the iOS 8.1.3 update right now.

If You Own a 16GB iPhone or iPad

The iOS 8.1.3 update also comes with a fix that “reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update.” This is a huge development, especially for owners of 16GB iPhones and iPads.

In the past, updates have required tons of free storage to install OTA. The issue can be bypassed using iTunes but that didn’t make it any less annoying. With iOS 8.1.3 on board, you’re now going to be able to install iOS updates OTA without having to delete a ton files or use iTunes. This is going to make installing iOS 8.2 and upcoming updates like iOS 9 a whole lot easier.

If you’ve run into this problem in the past and you’ve prepared for iOS 8.1.3, go ahead and install it today.

If You Can’t Fix Your iOS 8 Problem

If you can’t fix an iOS 8 problem that isn’t listed on the iOS 8.1.3 change log, you might want to think about installing the iOS 8.1.3 update right now. Often times, iOS updates will fix issues that aren’t listed on the change log. We listed one of those issue, the battery life problems, above. It has a chance to fix other issues as well.

If you can’t find a temporary fix or a permanent fix, it’s worth rolling the dice. iOS 8.1.3 appears to be an extremely stable update and so the odds of it negatively affecting your already negative experience are slim. If you’re already on iOS 8 and you’re struggling, make the move to iOS 8.1.3. If you still see the same issues, consult our list of fixes for common iOS bugs.

If You’re Prepared & Don’t Care About Jailbreaking

If you’ve done everything you can to prepare for the iOS 8.1.3 update, you want the latest bug fixes and enhancements, and you don’t care about jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, you can go ahead and install the iOS 8.1.3 update right now.

The iOS 8.1.3 update breaks the TaiG iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak which has left many iPhone and iPad users peeved. Most people don’t use jailbreak software though. If you’re not at all interested in jailbreaking right now, or in the future, you might want to think about moving up to iOS 8.1.3 right now.

iOS 8.1.3 is currently very stable and again, it comes with some very intriguing bug fixes that are attractive to all iPhone and iPad users, not just those dealing with iOS problems.

If you do decide that you want to jailbreak after moving to iOS 8.1.3, you can downgrade to iOS 8.1.2. That option won’t last forever so you’ll want to decide quickly.

iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It’s Worth Installing is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the HTC One M8 Right Now

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 23:46

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the HTC One M8 Right Now is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In 2014 the HTC One M8 was arguably one of the best Android smartphones released, and had some of the best specs and fanciest designs of any phone released, and it’s still a great phone. However, the HTC One M8 is a smartphone that users probably shouldn’t buy right now.

Last year, HTC announced and released the One M8 at the end of March, but it took roughly a month to arrive for most US carriers, expect for a release date exclusive with Verizon. The phone was rather popular for the improved internals, large 5-inch 1080p HD display, dual front speakers and dual cameras around back. That being said, its replacement is coming soon, and buyers may want to wait before snagging the One M8 today at a discount.

Read: HTC One M9 Leak Could Show Final Design

The HTC One M8 was considered one of the best phones of 2014, and we gave it a raving report in our full HTC One M8 Review, although we didn’t particularly like the rear camera. The Galaxy S5, Moto X, and a few other phones may have newer hardware or better cameras, but they’re all good in their own categories. That said, a new and much improved HTC One M9 is coming soon, and here’s why you should wait for it and not buy the One M8 today.

Now that 2014 is over and a new wave of technology and smartphones are coming in 2015, buyers are likely trying to decide what’s right for them, if they should keep what they have, or waiting to see what manufacturers release this year. Everyone from HTC, LG to Samsung have new phones coming, and that’s just one of many reasons you shouldn’t get an HTC One M8 right now.

Last year the HTC One M8 offered significant improvements over the original HTC One, but the design was rather similar and the large bezels remained in tact. They upgraded a few things, improved the design, but didn’t offer anything radically different worth upgrading for many. However, in 2015 things will be much different if the latest news and leaks are accurate.

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Read: Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: What We Know Right Now

These days carriers are lowering the price of the HTC One M8, offering discounts to sign contracts and more, but that’s because a replacement is coming soon. It’s this, that you should wait for, and not get the device from last year. That, or something from the competition like the upcoming Galaxy S6.

HTC One M9

Over the past two months the new HTC One M9 has been heavily rumored. And until this weekend many reports and leaked images suggested it would be very similar to last years model, a move that would have many taking the older device at a discount. However, those leaks were reportedly fake, and a new image emerged today (linked to at top of page) showing what could be the new One M9.

If real, it offers a major change from last year while keeping many of the elements that made the HTC One M8 popular, improved every major aspect, and should make it a worthy device to buy in 2015. Here’s the latest photo of the HTC One M9, and its bigger brother which may or may not be announced on March 1st.

HTC One M9 (left) vs HTC One Max/Plus (right)

Above is the latest look at the new HTC One smartphone. It has some strong design changes, yet kept everything users loved about the original. The biggest complaint was the black HTC bar and huge bezels, and those appear to be gone. Here’s what rumors are saying this device will be all about.

HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screen (Could be 5-inch 1080p)
  • 2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery
  • more

These details are all still what we’re likely going to see once the phone is announced, but we’re still not sure on the screen size. We’re now hearing it will have an ege-to-edge glass front with the speakers pushed to the edges, no bezels, leaving room for the larger 5.5-inch screen inside a phone roughly the same size as last year. If true, this will be one phone worth waiting for.

HTC has already confirmed the HTC One M9 will be revealed on March 1st, so the wait is only another month or so. We’d suggest waiting for it and seeing if they release it on March 1st, rather than buying the device they released last year.

Competition

What this all comes down to is the fact that new phones are coming in the next 1-3 months, phones that will be better than the HTC One M8. If you can wait, we’d highly suggest doing so. Rumors of a new LG G4 coming in April have been floating around, and we’re hearing Samsung’s stunning new metal Galaxy S6 will be revealed in Spain the first week of March, if not sooner. This means that in just over a month two impressive premium smartphones that will best the HTC One M8 will be revealed, and possibly released.

Latest news suggests the HTC One M9 could be released on March 1st too, which is one more reason to wait, and a few reports are claiming the Galaxy S6 could be announced in February, ahead of the March tradeshow, and released in the United States sometime in March, instead of April like they did in 2014.

The LG G3 is still a great phone, but something much better could be available in the next 1-3 months. At the end of the day though, there will always be another smartphone on the horizon. Something newer, bigger, better or faster coming soon.

If you need a smartphone right now, the LG G3 is an excellent choice. If you have the luxury of waiting another month to see what comes from LG themselves or any of the competition, we’d suggest you sit back, stay tuned, and wait for more details regarding all the devices mentioned above.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the HTC One M8 Right Now is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Don’t Buy a Surface 2

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 21:22

Don’t Buy a Surface 2 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

It hardly seems like it but, almost three years ago Microsoft gave us our first look at the original Surface. That device was something we’d hardly ever seen from Microsoft in the hardware space. It was ambitious; Microsoft hoped that the Surface would be to Windows what the iPad is for Mac OS: a companion, something to get if you didn’t need a full experience. A year later it announced the Surface 2, a device that righted the wrongs in the original Surface’s design and packed more power in a smaller package.

Understandably, there are people out there who are going to see the Surface 2 on store shelves and consider picking one up. I wouldn’t say it’s unreasonable to assume that eBay will be flooded with Surface 2s being sold at a more reasonable price either. Here’s the thing though, don’t buy a Surface 2. In fact, don’t buy a Surface 2 even if you can get it at a ridiculously decent price.

There Are Better Tablets

First, it’s important for that you realize the Surface 2 was designed to address the concerns users had back in 2012 and 2013. That wasn’t so long ago, but it’s been long enough that the devices we have today match the Surface 2’s capabilities for a lot less.

The Surface 2 was designed to be a tablet that could fill in for a notebook PC when it was required. Thanks to its keyboard – which Microsoft still sells separately – it was able to do that. Unfortunately, the Surface 2 was also designed to be an iPad rival and that meant including what’s called in ARM processor inside. ARM processors aren’t the same as what you get in other Windows devices and that meant a custom version of Windows just for it called Windows RT. Windows RT allowed Microsoft to deliver great battery life, but Microsoft also made the decision to not let developers create new apps that work in its Desktop. Instead, Windows RT is completely dependent on the Windows Store, which doesn’t have the great of an app selection as it is.

Today, there are tons of tablets and convertibles that have great battery life and allow users to download Desktop apps when they’re required. The Surface 2 and Surface are a solution that have outlived the original problem they were supposed to solve.

It’s Been Discontinued

Microsoft was apparently among the first to notice that the Surface 2 had outlived the problem it was attempting to solve. Earlier this week the company confirmed that it’d already stopped making new Surface 2 devices. What’s more, its online store is sold out of the two Wi-Fi models users would have been more likely to purchase. Retail stores and online shopping sites still seem to have Surface 2’s though.

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The Surface 2 not being made any more has very little ramifications today, but big consequences in the future. Slowly, cases and hardware accessories will get harder to find. It’ll be even harder to find chargers that’ll work exclusively with the Surface 2. Neither of these are big problems for buyers who simply plan on using the Surface 2 as something temporary. For users looking to stay with the Surface 2 for the long haul, they’re a big caution sign.

Microsoft’s Promised “Support” Isn’t Enough

The reason so many journalists were waiting for a comment on the Surface 2’s life cycle was Windows 10, Microsoft’s upcoming operating system for notebooks, desktops, smartphones and tablets. The company had been expected to confirm upgrades for Windows RT, the software that powers the Surface 2 and the original Surface, at a media briefing showcasing the operating system. That’s not what they got though. Instead, Microsoft revealed that it was working on an update that would bring some of Windows 10’s features to devices running Windows RT. Put another way, Microsoft has no plans to update the Surface and Surface 2 to Windows 10.

Read: Windows 10 Price & Features Revealed

What that means is that any bug, any parts of the Windows RT software that you don’t like don’t stand a very good chance of being updated. Worse yet, Microsoft only confirmed it was exploring an update. The company didn’t say what that update would include. It’s possible that Microsoft is simply planning on adding a few extras that some users will appreciate. It is also entirely possible that Microsoft could decide it isn’t worth significantly upgrading the Surface 2 at all. The company has a track record of somewhat lackluster hardware support already. After teaming up with Nokia and other companies for Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones, Microsoft announced that none of the devices already in users’ hands would get Windows Phone 8, the next major upgrade.

If you’re looking for something to read on and maybe browse the internet, there’s nothing inherently crazy about purchasing a Surface 2 at this point. Prices on the remaining units in stores are going to drop pretty quickly. The Surface 2 makes a great email machine and an even greater airplane companion. Still, I’d recommend against buying one if you’re looking for anything else.

Don’t Buy a Surface 2 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Should You Buy A Windows 8 PC Before Windows 10?

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 21:20

Should You Buy A Windows 8 PC Before Windows 10? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

It was nearly three years ago that Microsoft gave us our first look at what would become Windows 8, the operating system that comes on millions of notebooks, desktops and tablets today. Back then no one knew how an operating system built to meld three different kinds of devices would go over with users. It was unclear whether Microsoft was on the cusp of a major revolution, or again failing to directly address the concerns of real users everywhere.

Today, we know that Windows 8 didn’t exactly deliver the best experience for everyone. Microsoft knows that too, and that’s why it’s hard at work on Windows 10. The problem is that Windows 10 won’t arrive on notebooks, desktops, phones and tablets until sometime later this year. Until then, Windows 8 PCs are the only thing on store shelves.

The Dell XPS 13

Should you buy a Windows 8 PC right now? It’s more complicated and nuanced than a simple one word answer.

No, Don’t Buy a Windows 8 PC if You Need the Latest & Greatest

The easiest way to determine whether it’s a good idea for you to buy a Windows 8 PC now is to focus on your needs. Too often, we get caught up in how new something is and how it might transform our daily routine. If you often make purchases based on new features and not whether buying is absolutely necessary, I’d stay away from buying a Windows 8 PC right now.

Truth is, as advanced as Windows 8 PCs are – and they are miles beyond what we had before – they can always be better. When Windows 10 arrives we’ll definitely see a new crop of devices with additional features and hardware refinements. It’s also possible we’ll see devices with even great battery life and processing power in even smaller packages. Be honest with yourself; if you have a Windows PC that you think can make it to the fall, I’d say stick with it.

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It used to be that the easiest way to get the latest operating system on your PC was to buy it with the operating system you wanted already on it. With Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft rolled out upgrade programs that allowed users to buy a PC running an older operating system and get the newer operating system once it was available. Microsoft isn’t doing something like that with Windows 8 PCs and the upgrade to Windows 10. This time, its plan is universally beneficial.

Microsoft says that with Windows 10, it’s adding a new business model and upgrade plan to Windows. The company is calling it Windows as a service, and it sounds as if it’ll work somewhat like the Office 365 subscription it makes available to users today. With Office 365, users pay $6.99 a month or $69.99 and get automatic upgrades whenever there’s a new version of Office. We don’t know how much Microsoft will charge to keep Windows 8 PCs upgraded after Windows 10 has been out for a year.

That being said, we do know that Microsoft plans on upgrading Windows 7 PCs and Windows 8 PCs to Windows 10 for free the first year it’s available. The company is also promising to keep them updated with new versions of Windows afterward. What that means is that every great Windows 8 PC you can buy now, will get Windows 10 when it is finished and ready. That’s a huge weight lifted, half of the reason users hold out on purchasing one piece of technology is that they’re worried it might be made obsolete by whatever comes next. That doesn’t seem like a possibility here.

It’s possible that Windows 10 will miss the Back to School shopping season, one of the biggest sales events of the year for PCs and Macs. If that happens and you need a new PC buy a Windows 8 PC in confidence knowing that you’re going to get the latest software.

That doesn’t mean you should buy any old Windows 8 PC though. First, look into mid-range or high-end machines if that’s what you need. GottaBeMobile rounded up Amazon’s best-selling notebooks just a few weeks ago. Impressive PCs not on that list, but worth your consideration include, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and the Dell XPS 13.

Read: 5 Best Windows 8 Notebooks & 2-in-1s

You’ll want a mid-range PC if you’re into doing as much as possible for a reasonable price. You can go high-end if you really want to play games and run powerful apps like Photoshop. Only pick up a low-end Windows 8 PC if your needs are basic. There are some impressive options here too, like the HP Stream Mini and HP Stream 13 notebook.

I’d say it’s a great time to buy a Windows 8 PC, provided you can find a device you like with the features you want. If you can’t and have a device that can fill in the meantime, definitely wait to see what the Windows 10 release brings in terms of new devices. Windows 10 should launch by the end of 2015.

Should You Buy A Windows 8 PC Before Windows 10? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.3 on iPod Touch 5th Gen: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:25

iOS 8.1.3 on iPod Touch 5th Gen: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new iOS 8.1.3 update makes it easier to upgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 8 and fixes several small issues with iOS 8. We spent several hours using the new iOS 8.1.3 update on the iPod touch 5th generation to see how the iPod touch handles this update. Apple still sells this same iPod touch, but inside it is still running older hardware that may not handle the latest software as well as an iPhone 6 Plus.

In our early iOS 8.1.3 review for the iPod touch 5th gen we will explore the performance of this small, but important update on the iPod touch and help you decide if you should install iOS 8.1.3 or wait.

Overall our experience using iOS 8.1.3 on the iPod touch is positive, but it is not as fast as on newer devices with more power.

read our early iOS 8.1.3 review on the iPod touch 5th generation.

I routinely use the iPod touch to listen to podcasts, watch an occasional video and do light web browsing, even though my main devices are the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6. The iPod touch is not as fast as these devices, but it is still very usable.

Here is an early iOS 8.1.3 review on the iPod touch 5th generation to help you decide if it is worth installing the update on your iPod touch.

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The iOS 8.1.3 installation went smoothly on the iPod touch 5th generation. The download took about 15 to 20 minutes and the installation another 5-10 minutes.

After rebooting I had to cancel two app installations that had started, but not finished before the update, but this was a minor issue to deal with.

All other apps remained in place and logged in to their respective services.

iOS 8.1.3 on iPod touch 5th gen Performance

As you read my early iOS 8.1.3 review on the iPod touch 5th generation keep in mind that we likely use our devices in different ways. Expect similar experiences to what I am sharing, but know that apps, accessories and home networks can alter the overall iOS 8.1.3 performance on individual devices.

Apps

This iPod touch is not one I use for gaming very much, as I prefer to use bigger screens for that. This is a small device I carry to listen to podcasts, occasionally watch Netflix, browse the web and use for Google Hangouts.

All of these apps and services work fine on iOS 8.1.3 for the iPod touch. The stock apps also work as expected.

iOS 8.1.3 Battery Life

There is no immediate drain on iOS 8.1.3 battery life on the iPod touch 5th generation. This is a good sign as any fast draining would indicate a problem with the update. I will monitor this closely over the next week.

Although we don’t use it for gaming we are pleased with the overall performance of iOS 8.1.3 on this device.

WiFi & Bluetooth

WiFi and Bluetooth are incredibly important on the iPod touch 5th generation as they keep me connected to the Internet for downloading podcasts and listening to music as well as connecting Bluetooth headphones to the device. Both work great after the update, but I will check them on multiple networks over the next week.

Bugs & Issues

At this point there are no major iOS 8.1.3 update bugs or issues present on this device. That is good news considering the overall age of the iPod touch. Small bugs may take time to appear, so I will watch the performance and any odd behavior.

Speed

The iPod touch is not as fast as the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, but it is not incredibly slow. There is still some lag when switching apps or opening an app for the first time, but it is not bad enough to prohibit using the iPod touch and is better than we experienced when using an iPad 2 on iOS 8.

Should You Install iOS iOS 8.1.3?

Overall the iOS 8.1.3 iPod touch performance is good.

If you are still on iOS 7, you may not want to use the iOS 8.1.3 update as your first upgrade, since there is no way to go back to iOS 7 after the upgrade. There is also no iOS 8.1.3 jailbreak, so users on iOS 8.1.2 who rely on jailbreak tweaks should avoid the update.

That said, the overall iOS 8.1.3 update performance is very good for an older device and there are no apparent problems that require a heavy warning against an upgrade. We’ll share a full review in about a week that will include more details about the performance on the iPod touch 5th generation.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iOS 8.1.3 on iPod Touch 5th Gen: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Microsoft’s Surface 2 iPad Rival Is Dead

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:08

Microsoft’s Surface 2 iPad Rival Is Dead is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Surface 2, Microsoft’s first foray into making its own tablets and direct competitor to Apple’s iPad and the Nexus line of tablets from Google, is no longer an active experiment for the company. Early this week, Microsoft representatives confirmed that it’d stopped making the Surface 2.

Business Insider is reporting that Microsoft confirmed the Surface 2’s death on its earnings call this week. That’s the same earnings call that Microsoft confirmed that the entire Surface line was profitable for them. In fact, Surface accounted for roughly $1.1 billion in revenue for Microsoft during the last quarter. It seems most of that revenue was generated by the Surface Pro 3 though, a fact that seems to have put the nail in the Surface 2’s coffin.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft has yet removed the Surface 2 from its Surface website. Users desperate for a Surface 2 can’t pick up the 32GB of 64GB versions directly from Microsoft’s online store, but they can pick up the more expensive 64GB Surface 2 with LTE connectivity for $679. Microsoft is still showing free delivery for this version. If and when the other versions of the Surface 2 will return remains a mystery. Users might be able to still find a few of these models at Microsoft’s retail stores, but that’s not necessarily a given. Microsoft Stores are pretty few and far between too.

All told, Microsoft’s decision to kill off the Surface 2 wasn’t exactly a surprise. Announced back in 2013, the Surface 2 was Microsoft’s first revision of the original Surface iPad-rival it announced a year earlier. The Surface 2 was more refined than its predecessor. It had a slimmer profile, a slick gray paint job, a faster processor and an LTE connectivity option that debuted months after the first Surface 2 became available for purchase. The Surface 2 is the closest Microsoft ever came to fighting the iPad on its own terms.

Read: Is the Surface 2 Worth Buying?

Unfortunately, fighting the iPad on its own terms is what got the Surface 2 into trouble. To offer the same battery life and connectivity Microsoft needed to use a special version of Windows, called Windows RT, on the Surface and Surface 2. Surface sales were initially positive, but tanked in the months after. There was plenty of blame to go around; the original Surface cost $499 without its custom keyboard cover. Microsoft sold the Surface 2 for $449, but wasn’t able to sell enough of them to boost interest in the Windows Store. Without a big influx of users, Windows RT didn’t get the apps users wanted. Without the apps users wanted, Microsoft had a harder time selling more Surface 2s.

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Microsoft could have gone on making Surface’s with Windows RT, but it’d have been in vain. Windows RT was only necessary because the full version of Windows and Windows RT wasn’t up to the task. Today, Windows 8.1 devices regularly achieve the same battery life that the Surface 2 and original Surface did. What’s more, they still have access to Desktop apps like iTunes. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has connected standby so that users can listen to music when its screen is technology off and more, again that was another benefit of buying a Surface or Surface 2.

Until Microsoft heavily discounts whatever remaining Surface 2 tablets it has left, it’s a terrible idea to invest in one. The company has said that it plans on pushing an update to Windows RT devices that add features from Windows 10. That being said, Windows 10 won’t come in full form to the Surface 2 or Surface.

The Microsoft Store website is encouraging shoppers to purchase a Surface Pro 3 instead of the Surface 2 models that are out of stock.

 

Microsoft’s Surface 2 iPad Rival Is Dead is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Lenmar Mutant 20,800 mAh Portable Charger Review

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:03

Lenmar Mutant 20,800 mAh Portable Charger Review is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to battery life for our mobile devices we could always use a little more. That is where the impressive Lenmar Mutant 20,800 mAh portable battery and power pack comes into play. These days our Android and iOS smartphones and tablets are getting bigger, faster, and more power hungry, but battery advances have remained stagnant.

It’s this that has caused an increase in popularity of portable chargers or battery packs for mobile devices. We’ve used plenty of popular brands in the past like Anker, TYLT, MyCharge and more, but a relatively new device from Lenmar packs enough juice for all of your devices. If you’re like me, you probably carry around at least one smartphone, and possibly a tablet too. Being able to always have additional battery while on the go is crucial, and this huge power pack aims to deliver.

Read: 5 Best Galaxy S5 Battery Cases

The Lenmar Mutant power pack for smartphones and tablets has a huge 20,800 mAh lithium-ion battery and four USB ports that delivers enough power to charge your tablet, smartphone, some accessories and more, all at the same time. We’ve had a chance to enjoy Lenmar’s relatively small power pack over the past few weeks and wanted to share our thoughts. Read on for our Lenmar 20,800 mAh portable battery review.

While it’s still the cold months for many around the United States, the summer adventures will be here soon enough and that means you’ll probably be looking for some external battery packs to keep your iPhone, iPad Air 2, or your newest Samsung smartphone full of battery all day long. Whether it’s a day at the beach, or a weekend camping trip, this power pack has enough juice to last the entire time. This can be for yourself, or one device to charge every smartphone for the entire family.

For those who aren’t too familiar with battery packs, they’re essentially the same type of lithium-ion battery inside of our smartphones and tablets but added into a device that usually has a USB output so we can connect our devices included USB cable and charge a device on the go. Basically, you can charge your phone or tablet with it. Only with the Lenmar Mutant it has four USB ports, allowing you to simultaneously charge four devices at once.

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As an example, this one device will be able to charge your iPhone 6 nearly 10 times, or two full charges of your iPad Air 2. This means you won’t have to search for an outlet while traveling for work or pleasure, or when you don’t have a wall outlet while camping. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a large 2,800 mAh battery that usually lasts most users an entire day. Doing the math here, the almost 21,000 mAh of battery inside the Lenmar should technically be able to fully charge a Galaxy S5 nearly 7 times. That’s enough to last all week!

These days portable power banks or chargers are a dime a dozen, and all over Amazon with cheap batteries that never live up to the rating, but so far our experience with the Lenmar has been stellar. Obviously the 20,800 mAh rating is just that, a rating, but I charged my 3,220 mAh Nexus 6 five times over the past week, and the Lenmar Mutant still has one bar remaining, and enough battery to probably charge it again. Meaning that battery rating seems fairly accurate. What makes it even better though, is the Lenmar Mutant has high output USB ports. This allows for fast charging times, rather than slow charging you get from some of the cheaper alternatives.

There are two 2.4A USB ports for charging an iPad, Android tablets, and bigger smartphones. Then you also get two 1A USB ports for charging smaller USB devices like older iPhones, Android devices, your smartwatch, Vaper or e-cigarettes, or anything that takes a charge via a USB cable. That’s four devices that can be charged, all at the same time. My only complaint about the Lenmar thus far is that they only provide one extremely short 2ft micro-USB cord in the box, and no Apple lightning cable. Meaning you’ll need to bring your own.

This week I’ve been using the Lenmar 20,800 mAh portable battery to charge both my Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 while on the go, and it still had some juice left for my backup Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s nice being able to carry one device that will charge everything, vs having a myriad of chargers or cables. This one device does it all.

At one point I had my Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, and Moto 360 all charging on the Lenmar, but that will quickly drain all the juice. The design is pretty simple and has a soft-touch matte rubber black frame, and it feels nice in the hand. What impressed me the most about the Lenmar Mutant 20,800 mAh battery is I had four devices charging at once, and it was barely warm to the touch. Other chargers start to get really warm, but that wasn’t the case here.

Overall the build quality is extremely good, the ports are durable, and the 4-bar LED notification light is pretty accurate regarding battery. Tap the power button and you’ll see how much battery life is remaining. This is in 25% increments. If you hit the battery meter and have two bars left, this means you have at least 50% battery, or roughly 10,000 mAh of juice. Enough to charge any smartphone 3-4 times, if not more.

I’ll admit it, the Lenmar certainly isn’t small, but it’s fairly lightweight and I’d rather have one big battery than have to carry around two smaller 10,000 mAh options from the competition. This is one less device in my bag, which is fine by me. I’m always carrying around at least one smartphone, probably a tablet, and at some point need to charge my Android Wear smartwatch or fitness band. Having the Lenmar in my truck always full of battery has been a welcomed edition to my tech-filled lifestyle.

Many portable battery packs not only charge your devices over USB, but they themselves are charged up by a USB port too. Some of the larger packs can take between 4-5 hours to charge. This is both a pro and a con, as you don’t need another cord, but the Lenmar has a dedicated AC charger to power it up as quickly as possible. They include four international adapters for those who travel out of country frequently.

In the end it certainly isn’t the most compact “portable” charger I’ve ever used, the one small and low quality USB cable that was provided could be better, but the important thing here is battery life. The Lenmar Mutant is a device I’ll always have when I travel or go to the family cabin to ensure I’m never stuck without any battery in my gadgets. It’s a bit pricy being $149, but being able to charge four devices at a time makes it worthwhile. If some of the smaller options on Amazon don’t fit your need, give the Mutant a try, you’ll be glad you did.

Lenmar Mutant 20,800 mAh Portable Charger Review is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.3 on iPad Air: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 23:34

iOS 8.1.3 on iPad Air: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s new iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch finally arrived today to replace the iOS 8.1.2 update it pushed out at the end of last year. With that in mind, we want to take a first look at how the iOS 8.1.3 update is performing on iPad Air, the first-generation of Apple’s slim full-sized tablet. This is our early iPad Air iOS 8.1.3 review.

Several weeks ago, an iOS 8.1.3 update rumor emerged. In the weeks since that rumor, we saw iOS 8.1.3 activity pick up in our backend, a sign that the iOS 8.1.3 update was more than just a rumored update. In true Apple fashion, the company kept its customers in the dark while it tested the update. That is, until today when it finally delivered the update many iPhone and iPad users have been waiting for.

Ahead of the iOS 8.2 release, Apple’s pushed out a brand new iOS update dubbed iOS 8.1.3. iOS 8.1.3 is a fairly large iOS 8 update, much larger than iOS 8.1.2, and it delivers a number of bug fixes including a fix for iPad multitasking gestures. It’s a sizable update and one that many iPhone and iPad users are excited about.

The update is available to all iPhone and iPad users capable of running Apple’s iOS 8 operating system. It’s a free update and it’s one that many iPhone and iPad users are considering.

After some quick preparation, I installed Apple’s brand new iOS 8.1.3 update in an effort to provide iPhone and iPad users with some initial impressions of Apple’s new software. These impressions don’t serve as a final review but they will help those of you who are straddling the fence about whether to install the company’s latest iOS 8 upgrade.

Here are my early impressions of the iOS 8.1.3 update for the first-generation iPad Air.

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The iOS 8.1.3 update for the iPad Air first-gen is a big update and checks in at over 200MB in size. It’s the biggest iOS 8 update since iOS 8.1. This is quite large for an incremental update and you’re going to want to set aside some time to download and install it on the iPad Air.

My installation process took around 20 minutes or so on a high-speed connection. Granted, I was trying to download the software in the moments after it went live, so there’s a good chance that your installation process will finish up much faster. My download time went all the way up to two hours before it settled down and finished in a reasonable amount of time.

I didn’t encounter any issues with the installation process and the update installed beautifully on the 9.7-inch slate. That said, put aside some time to ensure a smooth delivery. Just because everything went well for me doesn’t mean that everything is going to go well for you. You’ll want to be in the right frame of mind if you do stumble upon an issue or two.

iOS 8.1.3 on iPad Air Performance

Today, I’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1.3 on iPad Air. Before getting into the early review and my impressions, I should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person. That is to say, I probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a chance that I use Google Chrome, Bluetooth, or my home screen more than you do. So, consider this a general guide as you try to decide whether iOS 8.1.3 is worth installing on your first-gen iPad Air.

Apps

My app experience on the iPad Air has been extremely stable with iOS 8 on board. I’ve seen an occasional crash or hiccup here or there, primarily with Netflix and Google Chrome, but nothing substantial.

iOS 8.1.3 keeps the ball rolling, at least thus far. In the past few hours, I’ve been using a ton of applications and all of them check out. Slack, Asana, Instagram, Twitter, Dark Sky, Google Chrome, Google Hangouts, Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify are all doing fine. Facebook, another app that I’ve had trouble with in the past, is also behaving after the move to iOS 8.1.3.

 

App developers have done an outstanding job with iOS 8 and its bug fix updates and I expect this kind of performance to last at least up until the iOS 8.2 update and the Apple Watch arrive.

If you’re having trouble with apps on iOS 8.1.3 or iOS 8.1.2 and below, install the latest bug fix updates. These tend to help rather than hurt app performance. If the bug fixes don’t help, do yourself a favor reach out to your developer so that they know what to fix. You’d be surprised how receptive some are to this kind of feedback.

iOS 8.1.3 Battery Life

Battery life on the iPad Air has remained unchanged throughout iOS 8’s lifetime and that now applies to iOS 8.1.3. After spending several hours using the iOS 8.1.3 update on the iPad Air, I have yet to notice any significant battery drain. The device is still holding a very solid charge and I’m confident that it will continue to hold a solid charge as the days go on. There’s a ton of precedent, after all.

iOS updates like iOS 8.1.3 aren’t supposed to bring battery life problems to device’s like iPhone 5. Typically, bad battery life is caused by third-party apps or by users themselves. I’ve outlined a number of strategies to get better battery life inside iOS 8.1.2 and the same advice applies to Apple’s latest iOS 8.1.3 update. Have a look at those if you install iOS 8.1.3 and you start noticing issues with your iPad Air’s battery life.

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

I don’t own an LTE version of the iPad Air so I can’t speak to cellular data. What I can speak to though are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, both of which are performing quite well after the jump to iOS 8.1.3.

I’ve tested several routers and the device hasn’t faltered. I’ve also connected the iPad Air to several Bluetooth devices including an assortment of Bluetooth speakers. It’s working fine.

If you’re having issues with these connections after getting the iOS 8.1.3 update on the first-gen iPad Air, we advise you to take a look at these potential fixes. iOS fixes aren’t guaranteed to work for everyone so while they might work for a friend or family member, they may not solve your problems specifically. They’re still worth a shot though.

Bugs & Issues

I haven’t noticed any massive, game-changing bugs in the hours after the iOS 8.1.3 release though it’s impossible to rule them out right now. I simply haven’t spent enough time with the software. What I can say though is that major, hero level issues typically jump right off the page after an update’s release. I’m not out of the woods yet so we’ll see where it stands a few days from now.

Smaller bugs are a lot harder to spot and so far, I haven’t stumbled into any. I’ve been looking all over for potential issues and haven’t found a single one. My luck could certainly change down the road though iOS 8’s performance has been excellent since September and I’m hopeful that iOS 8.1.3 will be as stable as iOS 8.1.2 was.

If you’re struggling on iOS 8.1.2 or below, and you’re not sure about installing iOS 8.1.3 right now, have a look at our fixes for common iPhone 5 problems. They will probably help.

Speed

Speed has never been a problem on my iPad Air. Not with iOS 8.1 on board, not with iOs 8.1.2 on board and not with iOS 8.1.3 on board. Everything remains extremely fluid and the software continues to zip thanks to the hardware that Apple tucked away inside the iPad Air’s slim frame.

Should You Install iOS 8.1.3 Today?

Here’s my advice. If you’re not having any problems with iOS 8.1.3 or below, go ahead and wait a day or two for the smoke to settle. Gather as much feedback as you possibly can and then come to a decision. iOS 8.1.3 is doing fine on my iPad Air but you’ll want to check in with some other sources before making your final move.

If you’re having issues on any other version of iOS 8, iOS 8.1.3 is probably worth a shot. It comes with bug fixes and as I’ve pointed out, it seems to boast solid performance.

iOS 8.1.3 on iPad Air: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 21:15

iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update isn’t the iOS 8.2 update that it confirmed at the tail end of last year. Instead, it’s an iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that delivers several key bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. With the iOS 8.1.3 release here, we want take a look at how the iOS 8.1.3 update is performing on iPhone 6. This is our early iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 review.

At the end of 2014, the first iOS 8.1.3 update rumor emerged. That rumor indicated that Apple was planning to push out an iOS 8.1.3 update ahead of the iOS 8.2 update that it put inside its beta program in November. Over the past few weeks, we started to see iOS 8.1.3 activity pick up in our backend, a sign that Apple was indeed working on a successor to the iOS 8.1.2 update.

Throughout the month of January, we saw more iOS 8.1.3 release details emerge. Those details hinted at an imminent iOS 8.1.3 release date though they did not serve as confirmation. Apple tends to keep its incremental iOS updates hidden out of view until its ready to push them out to the public. Still, there was reason to believe that an iOS 8.1.3 update was on the way.

Today, Apple replaced the iOS 8.1.2 update with a new iOS 8.1.3 update. The iOS 8.1.3 update is fairly large and it delivers a series of bug fixes for iOS related problems. As many of you know, small updates like iOS 8.1.3 have the potential to have a huge impact on performance. iOS 8.0.1, for example, killed Touch ID and cellular data on the iPhone 6. That’s why we take a look at these smaller updates. We want to provide you with feedback.

After some quick preparation, I installed Apple’s brand new iOS 8.1.3 update in an effort to provide iPhone and iPad users with some initial impressions of Apple’s new software. These impressions don’t serve as a final review but they will help those of you who are straddling the fence about whether to install the company’s latest iOS 8 upgrade.

Here are my early impressions of the iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone 6.

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The iOS 8.1.3 update for the iPhone 6 checks in at well over 200MB in size, a surprise given that it’s a small incremental update focused on fixing bugs and iOS 8 issues. Because of its size, I figured the download and installation process would take a little bit longer than your standard bug fix update. And it did.

I didn’t run into any problems during the iOS 8.1.3 installation process though the update did take around 15 minutes or so to get on board the iPhone 6. Two things to keep in mind here. One, I installed it at the peak hour, right when it came out. That’s when Apple’s servers tend to get hit the hardest. And two, I installed over a speedy Wi-Fi connection.

The process was fairly quick and very painless but I still recommend setting aside some time to perform the iOS 8.1.3 update if and when you choose to install it. You never know what might happen during the process and you’ll want to be in the right frame of mind in case something goes wrong.

iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6 Performance

Today, I’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6. Before getting into the early review and my impressions, I should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person. That is to say, I probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a chance that I use Google Chrome, LTE, or my home screen more than you do. So, consider this a general guide as you try to decide whether iOS 8.1.3 is worth installing on your iPhone 6.

Apps

App performance will often suffer after the arrival of a new iOS update but so far, I haven’t experienced any issues with Apple’s new iOS 8.1.3 update and my third-party applications. In fact, as I’ve noted many times over, I haven’t been dealing with too many app problems with iOS 8 in general. Things have been fairly smooth since September.

I’ve been using all of my core applications over the past few hours, apps like Slack, Asana, Instagram, Twitter, Dark Sky, Google Chrome, Google Hangouts, YouTube, and Spotify. All of them are performing well after the move to iOS 8.1.3. I typically see Google Chrome crash at least once or twice per day though that hasn’t happened yet. Fingers crossed.

If you do see abnormal app activity after installing the iOS 8.1.3 update, or if you’re seeing it right now on iOS 8.1.2 or below, my suggestion is to install the latest bug fix updates. Typically, this helps.

iOS 8.1.3 Battery Life

I always hear tons of complaints about battery life after iOS updates though I rarely see them myself. That might have something to do with the way I prepare for iOS updates. It could also have something to do with the way I use my iPhone 6. I’m not entirely sure. The streak continues with iOS 8.1.3, at least for the moment.

As of right now, I’m getting the same kind of battery life I was getting in iOS 8.1.2. That’s a good thing. I haven’t seen a noticeable dip after using the phone extensively in the hours since the iOS 8.1.3 update’s arrival nor have I seen any drop in my standby battery charge. Everything appears to be normal and I’m fine with that.

iOS updates like iOS 8.1.3 aren’t supposed to bring battery life problems to the iPhone 6. Typically, bad battery life is caused by third-party apps or by users themselves. I’ve outlined a number of strategies to get better battery life inside iOS 8.1.2 and the same advice applies to Apple’s latest iOS 8.1.3 update. Have a look at those if you install iOS 8.1.3 and you start noticing issues with your battery life.

Wi-Fi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth

After a few hours with iOS 8.1.3, I’m happy to report that my Wi-Fi, AT&T LTE data, and Bluetooth are all working out fine. I’ve tested several different routers. I’ve used LTE in several different locations in my area. And I’ve connected my iPhone 6 to an assortment of Bluetooth devices including a pair of Bluetooth speakers. I haven’t had any issues. Yet.

Issues with Wi-Fi, cellular data and Bluetooth typically don’t jump right off the page. Instead, they will often make themselves known in the days, weeks and sometimes months after an update’s arrival. For instance, I started noticing some issues with my Wi-Fi connection a month after I installed the iOS 8.1.2 update. Those issues dissipated on their own last week before the iOS 8.1.3 update’s arrival.

If you’re having issues with these connections after getting the iOS 8.1.3 update on board, we advise you to take a look at these potential fixes. They might dislodge your issues they might not. iOS fixes aren’t guaranteed to work for everyone so while they might work for a friend or family member, they may not solve your problems specifically. They’re worth a shot though.

Bugs & Issues

So far, I haven’t noticed any iOS 8.1.3 issues or bugs. Larger bugs typically emerge on release day so this is a really good sign. I’ve poked around some other places and I haven’t been able to find any complaints about massive iOS 8.1.3 issues. That could change in the days ahead but for now, the update appears to be fairly stable.

Smaller bugs typically are harder to spot and it’s going to take me some more time to poke around the entire operating system. What I can say is that I haven’t noticed any yet and that iOS 8.1.2 was very stable. Probably the most stable version of iOS 8. iOS 8.1.3 is looking like more of the same from Apple and I hope it remains stable in the hours and days ahead.

If you’re struggling on iOS 8.1.2 or below, and you’re not sure about installing iOS 8.1.3 right now, have a look at our fixes for common iPhone 6 problems. They will probably help.

Speed

The iPhone 6 is still very fast with iOS 8.1.3 on board. Animations and transitions are fluid. Folders and apps open lightning quick. And I haven’t seen any abnormal slowdown or sluggishness after installing Apple’s new iOS 8 update. I don’t expect this to change any time soon. iOS 8’s performance on the iPhone 6 has been very solid thus far.

Should You Install iOS 8.1.3 Today?

Here’s my advice. Unless you’re dealing with iOS problems that you can’t fix, take a rain check on the iOS 8.1.3 update. It’s stable on my iPhone 6 but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be stable on your iPhone 6. Give it a day, gather some more feedback, and then make your decision.

If you’re dealing with iOS 8 problems, my suggestion is to go ahead and update. iOs 8.1.3 comes with some crucial bug fixes and there’s always a chance that it will fix bugs and problems not listed on the change log.

iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6 Plus: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 21:04

iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6 Plus: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This is our early iOS 8.1.3 review on the iPhone 6 Plus, which will help you decide if you should install iOS 8.1.3 today or if it is better to wait and see how this performs and what is coming in iOS 8.2.

Apple’s iOS 8.1.3 update arrived after a week of added testing with fixes for several iPhone and iPad issues and a surprise that makes it easier for users to update on devices with limited storage. The iOS 8.1.3 release arrives as Apple continues to work on iOS 8.2 which we expect will arrive in about a month ahead of an Apple Watch release.

After months of waiting for Apple to deliver fixes for common iPhone problems like the continual iOS 8 landscape issues we finally have a new update that could fix our problems. Although Apple only highlighted five fixes in the iOS 8.1.3 release notes the company also includes the standard, “This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements listing that could cover smaller fixes.

See how iOS 8.1.3 performance is on the iPhone 6 Plus.

This is not a small update like we saw with iOS 8.1.2 in December, but a large update that can take some time to download. While it is still possible to downgrade to iOS 8.1.2, many users who upgrade will be on this software for at least a month or until the iOS 8.2 update comes out of the beta.

Read: iPhone 6 Plus Tips & Tricks

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After spending several hours stress testing the iOS 8.1.3 update on the iPhone 6 Plus we can share our early review of this software update to help users who want to install right now decide if this is an update worth downloading and installing on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Here are our early impressions of the iOS 8.1.3 update on the iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS 8.1.3 Installation

You can follow this iOS 8.1.3 update guide to learn how to install the update without connecting to a computer. The process took about 25 minutes on the iPhone 6 Plus, including a lengthy download of the fairly large update. After using out iOS 8.1.3 release tips to get ready I installed the update on my iPhone 6 Plus.

The iOS 8.1.3 installation was quick and painless. All of my apps were still there when I finished the update and I did not need to re-login to anything to make the iPhone 6 Plus work.

The only sticking point was the need to stop an iCloud restore that was stuck after unjailbreaking iOS 8. Most users will not experience this problem.

iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6 Plus Performance

After using the iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.1.3 for several hours I have a good idea how the update performs. On a new device like the iPhone 6 Plus the odds are good that the update will not slow things down, but we like to test and check just in case.

Keep in mind that there is a very low chance that you use the same apps as I do, so this early iOS 8.1.3 review may not apply directly to your device. Sometimes problems appear when there is a specific combination of use, apps and hardware.

Apps

iPhone 6 Plus apps work fine on iOS 8.1.3.

After installing iOS 8.1.3 I spent time testing some of the best iPhone 6 Plus apps. I did not use all 69 apps that I keep on my iPhone 6 Plus, but after checking Facebook, Netflix, Messages, Google Maps and others I did not run into any apps that failed to open or were sluggish.

If any of your apps crash on iOS 8.1.3 it is a good idea to make sure your apps are updated to the latest versions. These updates, even small ones, can make the difference between a great experience and constant crashes.

iOS 8.1.3 Battery Life

The good news after installing the iOS 8.1.3 update on the iPhone 6 Plus is that the battery life is not dramatically falling as it would if there was some major iOS 8.1.3 battery life problem. This is an area that I monitor closely after an update like this and I will take a detailed look at it in our iOS 8.1.3 review on the iPhone 6 Plus later this week.

WiFi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth

A small Bluetooth issue was easily fixed by re-pairing the headset to the iPhone 6 Plus after the iOS 8.1.3 update.

Connectivity is another major area where updates can cause problems. After installing iOS 8.1.3 on the iPhone 6 Plus WiFi and LTE worked fine right after the update. The iPhone 6 Plus would not reconnect to a Bluetooth headset. After removing the Bluetooth device, powering Bluetooth off and power cycling the headphones I was able to pair as a new device and use the Bluetooth headphones. This is a pain, but is was easy enough to fix.

Bugs & Issues

It is too early to tell if the iOS 8.1.3 update adds new bugs or problems other than the issue connecting to Bluetooth.

The iOS 8 landscape issues that are a major problem on the iPhone 6 are not as bad on the iPhone 6 Plus and every update so far minimizes landscape orientation issues for a while, before they make their way back.

Many small iOS 8.1.3 bugs or issues may appear after a week or longer of use, but at this time there are no major problems on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Speed

The iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.1.3 performance is solid. There is no slowdown from iOS 8.1.2 or even from the day I bought the phone last year. This is a new iPhone and it continues to deliver snappy performance that you expect from something that is only four months old.

Should You Install iOS iOS 8.1.3?

Should you install the iOS 8.1.3 update on the iPhone 6 Plus?

iPhone 6 Plus users are already on iOS 8 and that makes this a simple answer. Most users can install iOS 8.1.3 on the iPhone 6 Plus.

If you are not experiencing any iOS 8.1.2 problems, it is a good idea to wait a few days to see if any major problems surface. You’ll also be able to read our full iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.1.3 review to see if any surprises change the early impressions.

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If you need an affordable iPhone 6 Plus case, Spigen is one of the best options you will find. Spigen offers a wide variety of iPhone 6 Plus cases from super thin to protective options and even a few iPhone 6 Plus wallet cases. 

The company also offers an iPhone 6 Plus case with a kickstand, which is an excellent way to easily use that big screen for movies, videos and FaceTime.

 Check out all of the Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Cases on Amazon starting at $7.99. 

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iOS 8.1.3 on iPhone 6 Plus: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Top 5 HTC One M8 Alternatives [January, 2015]

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:50

Top 5 HTC One M8 Alternatives [January, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

An HTC One M9 release is rumored to be right around the corner but until then, the HTC One M8 rules as HTC’s flagship smartphone and one of the top Android phones on the market. While it’s certainly recommended, there are some devices that we think you need to weigh before buying HTC’s top device. Here, we offer our top five HTC One M8 alternatives for this month.

Last March, HTC announced a follow up to its original HTC One. Rather than branch out with a new name, the company stuck with the HTC One name though it added an M8 to distinguish it from its predecessor, known as the HTC One M7.

The HTC One M8 had some huge shoes to fill and it filled them well thanks to a collection of top notch features which include a premium metal design, solid camera, beautiful Full HD display, speedy processor, and the company’s HTC Sense user interface. Thanks to these features and a cheap price tag, the HTC One M8 remains a solid option. But it’s not the only option.

We continue to get bombarded with questions about HTC One M8 alternatives to look at. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend as the smartphone market is full of solid big screen choices but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider the top five HTC One M8 competitors available right now.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

With that in mind, here are the five HTC One M8 alternatives for January, 2015.

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The Moto X 2014 is, in our humble opinion, one of the best Android phones ever made and one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. You need to look at it before jumping in bed with the HTC One M8.

Motorola's flagship delivers a brand new design, a beautiful display, tons of of horsepower, a good camera, and extremely useful software. The device is essentially a Nexus smartphone with some nice Motorola features attached. If you like vanilla Android, this is a phone to look at. Motorola's software, in our opinion, is better than HTC's. It's a matter of personal preference though.

Like the HTC One M8, the Moto X is fairly cheap on-contract. And that low price should help to put it near the top of your shopping list during the holidays. That or the fact that we think its one of the best smartphones ever made. 

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Top 5 HTC One M8 Alternatives [January, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 9 Things the U.S. Can Expect

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:44

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 9 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is confirmed, we still haven’t seen any U.S. carriers announce plans to release the highly anticipated update. Because of that, we continue to get tons of questions about our opinion on the U.S. roll out. Today, with those people in mind, we want to take a look at what we expect from the U.S. Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and release.

Just a few short weeks ago, Samsung confirmed several Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. Unsurprisingly its former flagship Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, will be moving from Android 4.4 KitKat to Google’s brand new operating system dubbed Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update represents the second major update for the Galaxy Note 3, a device that arrived with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board.

Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop currently is only available for the Galaxy S5 and so far, the update’s spread to just a few Galaxy S5 models in a few different regions including the United Kingdom. The Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, while confirmed, is still MIA in all regions including the United States, one of the largest and most competitive markets in the world.

The U.S. Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop isn’t confirmed just yet though it’s clear that Samsung is planning a wide push to Galaxy Note 3 variants around the world and that the U.S. will probably be one of them. The silence from Samsung and its partners is killing some Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users here in the United States, especially those dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat problems.

With a Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release confirmed but out of reach, we’ve been getting a ton of questions about the update itself and the roll out. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do have some opinions on the matter and today we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and release inside the United States.

These are our own predictions, based on years and years of covering Samsung’s software upgrades, and our goal is to help set some basic expectations for Galaxy Note 3 users in the U.S.

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Surprise, the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out. That’s exactly how you should expect the U.S. Galaxy Note 3 release to start. With little warning. Samsung’s confirmed an arrival for early 2015 but it made no mention of the United States and U.S. carriers tend to be reluctant about passing along specific, concrete release dates ahead of time.

Historically, U.S. carriers announce their plans on the day of the roll out. We could see some rumors point at specific release dates but even those are extremely rare.

If you’re new to this process you should know that this isn’t new. Foreign carriers tend to keep their customers in the loop, U.S. carriers do not. It’s not clear why though we assume that it’s because they don’t want to set expectations. Remember, everything is dependent on testing and quite often, there are delays in the process.

We expect the U.S. to be among the first to get the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. And with a general roll out now confirmed for early 2015, it should only be a matter of time before we see it start pushing to users in the U.S.

U.S. Galaxy Note 3 Release A Ways Out

Just don’t expect it to arrive tomorrow. We fully expect Samsung to take care of its flagship models in the United States first. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates still haven’t pushed out and we’d be shocked, shocked, if the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop beat them to the punch. Samsung and U.S. carriers almost always deliver updates to newer devices first before moving onto the last generation.

Once U.S. carriers start pushing those two updates out, the Galaxy Note 3 should be one of the next models in line. It’s old but it’s a widely adopted phone and that makes it a priority.

It’s difficult to say exactly when to expect the update though we would not expect this month. We’d also expect there to be a gap between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll outs. That said, we expect this update to roll out in the first half of the year. U.S. carriers often set the pace and we’d be surprised if the U.S. lagged too much behind this “early 2015″ promise from Samsung.

Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

We’re expecting Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Both are possible at this point and both have been mentioned as options for Galaxy flagships.

The move to one of these newer updates makes a lot of sense. They both contain numerous bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and those fixes will help to stabilize the Galaxy Note 3’s software.

We can’t say which one U.S. carriers will roll out but we’d expect Samsung to roll out at least some of the bug fixes found on board. Whether that’s in Android 5.0, Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2 form remains to be seen.

Some Carriers Slower Than Others

It’s impossible to predict specific carrier release dates but we can say this. U.S. carriers typically do not start pushing out major Android updates on the weekend. We almost always see them start to push during the week. The exact time is unpredictable. Carriers have used all sorts of Android update release times.

It’s also worth noting that U.S. carriers usually don’t release software updates all on the same day. It’s actually very rare that we see multiple roll outs start on the same day. The exact release dates are dependent on the testing process and carriers tend to not cross the finish line at the same time. We almost always see one or two carriers lagging behind the pack.

We expect the release to take several weeks or more as carrier work behind the scenes to deliver their goods. Do not expect every single update to fall on one day. This is not Apple that we’re dealing with here.

Slow Roll Outs

We expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll outs themselves to take place over a few days or so as Samsung, and its carrier partners, work to ensure a smooth delivery.

In the past, Samsung’s been forced to halt roll outs due to major issues. That’s one of the reasons why it, and U.S. carriers, slow roll their Android updates. This way, they can identify major issues that pop up and stop the update process to attend to them.

Some of you will get the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update on day one but we expect others to have to wait a few days, or perhaps a week or so, for the OTA to arrive. The amount of time will vary based on U.S. carrier.

Big Update

We’ve seen the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update leak so we know it’s going to be a massive update for the aging former flagship. Expect U.S. carriers to deliver something similar. New features, new look, the whole nine yards. Expect this to be the Galaxy Note 3’s largest update yet.

Furthermore, expect carriers to tack on their own enhancements for their own features. This is a large update so we’d expect the change logs to be pretty full of carrier-specific enhancements. AT&T, Verizon and the others have some bloatware that they need to update. Expect the size and change logs to be a little bit different.

Bug Fixes for 4.4 Problems

You can expect U.S. carriers to release fixes for Android 4.4 KitKat problems as well. We’ve spoken to a number of Galaxy Note 3 users who are dealing with Android 4.4 problems. Some of the problems are old, some are new. Android 5.0 Lollipop will probably fix some of these issues but don’t expect it to fix everything. Android updates never do. If you are dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat issues, you’ll need to be extremely proactive.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

Samsung’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update will almost certainly bring problems of its own. And that’s even if Samsung does decide to roll out Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 like we expect it to.

Samsung and its carrier partners in the United States will do their best to weed out the major bugs on board but we almost always see issues slip through the cracks and make their way to the public release. Software is never perfect. Android 5.0 Lollipop won’t be perfect on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you can count on that.

At Least One More

Finally, we expect the Galaxy Note 3 to not only get Android 5.0 Lollipop bug fix updates in the weeks between the Android 5.0 Lollipop release and whatever is next but we fully expect it to get more Android updates in the future.

This is a phone that’s barely a year old. Google recommends 18 months of support while Samsung typically keeps devices updated for 24 months. So, there’s a good chance that it will get whatever is next from Google.

That’s something Galaxy Note 3 users and prospective buyers will want to keep in mind. Expect there to be at least one more update, maybe two if the Galaxy Note 2 really does get Android 5.0.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 9 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How To: Clear Google Chrome Cache

The Tech Savvy Educator - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:21

Google Chrome is the current browser “hotness.” Besides being THE operating system for Google’s Chromebooks, as of December 2014 W3Schools reports that it currently enjoys almost a 62% market share of the web browser market. It’s here, in a big way. There’s just one small issue with that market share; the platforms it’s designed to run on don’t always play nicely with it, or rather it doesn’t play nicely with Windows and Mac OSX as often as I would like.

Chrome likes to cache everything! Like a good web browser it saves images, files, and creates local caches of all the favorite places you like to browse on your hard drive. That’s a good thing! In fact, a web cache can dramatically increase your browsing speed. However, when a web cache becomes too large, it can slow down any browser, cause issues with crashing, and introduce other issues to the “user experience” (that’s a thing marketing people say, yes?). Normally you’d want to keep your browser cache intact, but there are times when you need to just be rid of it, and let it start anew. Sure, you can also perform a number of others techie/geeky tasks, but clearing your browser’s cache is usually the easiest of them. Some might suggest that you NEVER clear your browser’s cache, but I’ve found that Chrome is a unique beast, encouraging users to login to multiple Google Accounts, have 3 or more windows running with different local user accounts creating caches from possibly dozens of open websites.

You can check out my simple screencast for clearing your Google Chrome browser cache on YouTube or embedded below.

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OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems to Be Fixed in 10.10.2 Update

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:18

OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems to Be Fixed in 10.10.2 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 is expected to launch in the very near future as the beta program for the minor update is close to wrapping up, and users should be able to look forward to WiFi problems getting fixed in the latest update.

According to 9to5Mac, release notes for what could be the final release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 mention that the update fixes issues that caused the WiFi to consistently disconnect. Users experiencing this issue shouldn’t have to put up with it much longer, as the update is right around the corner.

Other new features and fixes that are included in version 10.10.2 consist of iCloud Drive support in Time Machine, which allows users to have their iCloud Drive backed up using Time Machine, letting them restore an files that may have been lost or accidentally deleted in the past.

The update also includes a fix that improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones, which has also been a rather persistent problem ever since OS X Yosemite launched back in October.

Numerous posts on Apple’s support forums point to problems with Bluetooth audio creating lag when watching videos on Mac. Most users have been complaining about video being just a few moments ahead of the audio, which doesn’t seem to be a major issue, but it’s an annoyance that’s causing a lot of frustration.

The problem seems to be occurring with any brand of Bluetooth headphones, and many users blame it on OS X Yosemite, since it hasn’t seemed to occur much in OS X Mavericks. Also, while some users say it’s an issue on older Macs that don’t have Bluetooth 4.0, many users running newer Macs that have Bluetooth 4.0 built-in are also reporting having the same problem with their Bluetooth headphones.

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As for the WiFi problem, ever since the release of OS X Yosemite, many users have taken to Apple’s Support Forums to state their displeasure about WiFi problems with the new operating system, and it seems Apple heard them loud and clear, as version 10.10.1 that was released back in November explicitly aimed to fix WiFi problems for Mac users, but it’s actually been anything but.

While some Mac users are saying that the update fixed their WiFi problems on their Mac, many other users have stated that the update simply doesn’t fix it.

Unfortunately, many OS X Yosemite users have been experiencing random WiFi connection drops ever since the new OS’s release, which isn’t anything new to OS X users in general, as OS X Mavericks came with the same issues for many users.

There have been many temporary fixes proposed by various users, and while they don’t seem to fix the WiFi issues 100% of the time, they at least work temporarily until the problem comes back again, and seeing how this latest update doesn’t fix the problem, it’s spelling bad news for Apple.

Both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 have introduced a world of problems for users. You may remember when iOS 8.0.1 released, when it essentially made iPhones unusable by ruining Touch ID and disabling LTE for good. Apple eventually had to pull the update and release another update to fix the problems.

There are a handful of fixes for OS X Yosemite WiFi problems that you can try out, some of which may work and some of which may not. Some easy fixes that you can try is to make sure that the WiFi network you’re connecting to is on a 2.4GHz network. You can also try turning off Bluetooth, which has weirdly fixed the issue for some users. Otherwise, you should just wait for the 10.10.2 update to roll around.

OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems to Be Fixed in 10.10.2 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S6 Release Teased by Carrier

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:59

Galaxy S6 Release Teased by Carrier is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A Samsung Galaxy S6 release is already being teased by carriers, weeks ahead of the alleged Galaxy S6 launch date.

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have begun to pick up steam in recent weeks as we push toward Samsung’s usual Galaxy S launch window. Galaxy S6 specs, the Galaxy S6 launch date and the Galaxy S6 release date have all been rumored ahead of Samsung’s inevitable announcement though there are still plenty of details shrouded in secrecy.

The shortage of details, and an actual phone, hasn’t stopped one carrier from teasing the Galaxy S6 release on its website though. Vodafone Netherlands is currently teasing the Galaxy S6’s arrival on its website.

 

The teaser page doesn’t offer any specific details and simply serves as a tease in the buildup to the Galaxy S6 release. The carrier says that those wanting to “know more about the successor to the S5″ should keep an eye on its website because  as soon as they “have more information about the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone,” it will post it there. 

Dutch site Galaxy Club did a little bit of digging into the site’s source code and it appears that there is a listing for a “Samsung Galaxy S Edge.” A Galaxy S6 Edge with a bent display on both the left and right side is rumored for arrival alongside the regular Galaxy S6 though this listing doesn’t serve as a firm confirmation. It could just be a placeholder for a possible release. It’s clear that Vodafone Netherlands, like many consumers, has its eyes on the Galaxy S6 rumor mill.

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This listing emerges as a new report from The Wall Street Journal asserts that Qualcomm is working to update its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and that the update should be ready by March. The Samsung Galaxy S6 was once rumored to have a Snapdragon 810 on board though the Galaxy S6’s chip is now uncertain.

With a Samsung Galaxy S6 release date rumored to be coming two to three weeks early this year, it’s not clear if Qualcomm will fix its brand new processor in time for the Galaxy S6’s arrival. LG and Qualcomm have both denied rumors of overheating though it now looks like the company will try and bring some kind of fix to the table in time for the Galaxy S6.

Samsung’s used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor inside of its flagship Galaxy smartphones for a number of years now. The company also tends to put its own Exynos processors inside some variants. If the Snapdragon 810 isn’t ready for prime time, there’s talk that Samsung could put its Exynos 7 chip in most, if not all of its Galaxy S6 variants.

Expect an upgraded Galaxy S6 camera.

In addition to an upgraded processor, the Galaxy S6 is expected to feature a new camera sensor. A report from Korean publication ETNews suggests that the Galaxy S6 will come with a 20MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization. Galaxy S6 rumors have gone back and forth between a 16MP and 20MP sensor though signs are starting to point to the larger sensor.

Galaxy S6 rumors point to a collection of high-powered specifications including a souped up Quad HD display, Exynos 64-bit processor, a new design that employs premium materials perhaps aluminum or glass, wireless charging, and a release on all five major carriers in the United States which includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.

The AT&T model recently showed up in a User Agent Profile string showcasing Quad HD resolution. While the UA Prof does not confirm the arrival of the Galaxy S6, the fact that the model number matches the Galaxy S6 model numbers that have leaked out numerous times in recent weeks makes it increasingly likely that AT&T will once again be on board with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone.

Galaxy S6 Release Teased by Carrier is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 Rumors: 4 New Details Arrive

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:00

HTC One M9 Rumors: 4 New Details Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the HTC One M9 launch date officially set for March 1st the leaks and additional details are starting to arrive at a staggering pace. And while the past few weeks have been filled with different reports, this week multiple images leaked that have shed additional details well ahead of the HTC One M9 launch date.

Originally HTC One M9 rumors arrived back in September last year with some initial concept renders, but with the launch date coming soon the real leaks and photos have started to emerge. HTC’s One M8 was heavily rumored in early 2014 before being announced and released at the end of March, and now we’re seeing the same slew of leaks in 2015.

Read: Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: What We Know So Far

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen multiple reports of the new HTC One M9, codenamed Hima, as well as some reports of a new HTC One Max in the works as well, but we’re going to need more leaks before we know for sure what’s coming in March. Previously all rumors suggested a larger 5.5-inch Quad-HD display, but the latest news suggests otherwise. Below are all the latest details.

For those keeping track, the first images of the HTC One M9 reportedly leaked earlier this week but sadly no details came along with the images aside from the already reported information. Then over the course of the past few days we’ve seen more release information arrive, new images, and different rumors that have things all a bit confusing.

These leaks could be from HTC themselves in an attempt to confuse the competition, but with a release date nearing most likely these are the real deal, and the same device we’ll be seeing come March 1st. As a reminder, HTC announced they’ll unveil the new phone on March 1st in Spain, so the wait is almost over, not to mention we’ll know everything soon if leaks keep up at this pace.

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Below are three new details that have recently come to light about the new HTC One M9 over the past week. They all differ from what we’ve previously heard and reported. If the images are legit, this device will still be impressive but won’t be as big, or as different as many were expecting.

Display

While we know everything already in terms of the specs and software, which we’ll mention below, here we want to focus on three key things for potential buyers. Our first rumors all suggested the screen would be seeing a big increase from the 5-inch screen last year to a massive 5.5-inch Quad HD display. And while that could still be true, images from Phandroid reportedly confirm this years HTC One M9 will have a 5-inch 1080p HD display just like last year.

According to their sources, and based on what we’re seeing in the photos, the HTC One M9 will retain the same physical size and overall shape or design as last year. There are no major changes, except a few we’ll mention in the design section below.

The photos show a 5-inch or so smartphone, but we’ve yet to see the display powered on. With the LG G3, upcoming LG G4, Nexus 6 and more all having 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screens, we’re expecting HTC to do the same. However, these rumors claim it will stay at 1080p which is still excellent, and something that may offer better battery life over the competition.

Design

The design won’t be much different from last year. In fact, aside from the camera you may not be able to even tell the new HTC One M9 from the One M8 released last year.

According to HTCSource, the HTC One M9 will be very similar to last year with a few very minor changes. Their sources shared similar comments to what we’ve been hearing. Those being the same Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey color options, a very similar design with the all aluminum frame and front facing speakers, but had a few new details we’ve yet to hear. First, here’s the rumored specs, then below we’ll share the newest info.

HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5-inch 1080p HD Display (could be 5.5 and Quad-HD)
  • 2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery
  • more

The rumors and reports from HTCSource suggest that this year the HTC One M9 will be slightly thicker than last year. Likely for the improved Dolby 5.1 audio technology in the speakers, the larger 2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery, and a few other things like the Quad-HD display. A bigger battery is always better, so that shouldn’t be a concern for most.

As for other changes, they suggest the power button will be removed from the top which is hard to reach on any smartphone over 5-inches, and instead be on the left side under the volume up and down keys. Similar to the Nexus 6, but under the volume rocker. They’re also dedicated keys, not a volume rocker like previous releases. This is to differentiate them from the power button, and make use better for owners.

These reports have been confirmed from the leaked photo above, again, if it is a real device and not a mock-up that’s been floating around in leaksters hands.

Camera

Another big feature we’re hearing about is regarding the camera situation. The HTC One M8 was arguably the best device in 2014 but the camera was lacking. This year HTC is shaking things up and have reportedly abandoned the Duo Camera option like last year. Instead of two cameras and some neat focus effects, the HTC One M9 will have one impressive 20.7 megapixel camera, possibly with Optical Image Stabilization.

The image above confirms exactly that, as we no longer see the secondary camera above the main rear shooter. The bigger square 20.7 megapixel camera should offer substantially better photos, and the pretty decent 4 Ultrapixel camera from before has been moved to the front. This means it will take great photos from the front and the rear.

Again this is from a leaked photo which may not accurately represent the final product that gets unveiled, but things are looking pretty accurate right about now.

Release Date

Last but certainly not least is the release date. In 2014 HTC announced and released the flagship HTC One M8 on March 27th. They released it worldwide and as an exclusive on Verizon Wireless in the US on the same day. This was big news as most Android smartphones are announced and then released 1-3 months later, or sometimes longer.

Rather than have interested buyers wait for over a month and potentially snag something from the competition, a few unconfirmed rumors have stated the HTC One M9 will not only be revealed on March 1st by HTC, but launched either the same day worldwide, or within two weeks. Meaning the HTC One M9 could hit AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and other US carriers within the first few weeks of March, if not sooner.

This has yet to be confirmed, but considering HTC did something similar last year and the new Galaxy S6 is set to also make a debut in March, we’re hearing to beat the competition to the punch the HTC One M9 will be released as soon as humanly possibly in as many markets and from as many carriers as it can. As soon as a release date is shared we’ll report back with more details and pricing.

HTC One M9 Rumors: 4 New Details Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Reset an iPhone

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 18:45

How to Reset an iPhone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You need to reset an iPhone. This guide will show you how to reset an iPhone, any iPhone, in about 10 minutes. You’ll learn how to reset an iPhone using iTunes or how to reset an iPhone without iTunes so that you can fix your problem and get back to using your iPhone.

There are many reasons to factory reset an iPhone, including major problems with battery life, apps closing when they shouldn’t and sluggish performance. If you plan to sell or donate an iPhone you also want to make sure you factory reset it before it leaves your hands. Even jailbreaking is a reason to factory reset an iPhone to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Even if you don’t know what you are doing, and consider yourself a new iPhone user, it is a simple process that you can do in about five minutes.

How to Reset an iPhone

Learn how to reset an iPhone.

This will completely remove all the content on your iPhone, so make sure you back up your photos and other important content. When you are done you can restore from a backup. There is no way to undo a iPhone factory reset and you should not stop it in the middle of resetting. When this process is done all of your photos, apps, videos, emails, contacts and other personal information will be gone.

This is our fast guide to reset an iPhone. You can use this with any iPhone and it works basically the same on iOS 7 and iOS 8. We use an iPhone 6 Plus in the video running iOS 8.1.2, but this will work on any iPhone or iPad you own. You need to know the iTunes password and the iPhone Passcode lock if one is enabled.

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Use this guide to reset an iPhone without iTunes or a computer. If you are backed up to iCloud this is the easiest option to use. It is also handy if you need to reset an iPhone while traveling, turning one in for repair at an Apple Store or if you forgot to erase an iPhone before meeting someone to sell it. If you are buying an iPhone from someone, this is also a good first step to take as it will make sure that the phone is no longer linked to someone else’s account.

Watch the video below to reset an iPhone. The steps take less than two-minutes, but the process will take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Open Settings on the iPhone.

Go to General and then scroll to the bottom of this screen.

Tap on Reset -> Tap on Reset All Content and Settings.

If prompted enter the Passcode and iTunes password to turn off Find My iPhone and prepare the iPhone for a reset.

Tap on Erase iPhone and then Erase iPhone again.

The iPhone will go to a blank screen with an Apple logo and when it restarts you will see the iPhone setup screen. From here you can Set Up as a new iPhone, Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup.

How to Reset an iPhone in iTunes

When you need to create a local backup you may want to reset an iPhone in iTunes on a Mac or a PC. The screen looks slightly different depending on whether you use a PC or a Mac, but it is almost the same.

Click on the iPhone in iTunes.

Plug the iPhone in to your computer with a USB cable and wait for it to show up in iTunes.

Create a manual restore on the computer.

You can click on the iPhone icon in iTunes to pull up the iPhone settings. On this screen you will see an option to Back Up Now. Click this to make a backup to the computer.

At the top of this screen you will see an option to Restore iPhone. This is the iTunes button to factory reset the iPhone. Click on it.

Click Restore iPhone to reset an iPhone in iTunes.

After you click restore you may need to enter a Passcode and iTunes password, as well as turn off Find My iPhone on the iPhone itself. If you need to do this go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone -> Off and enter the iTunes password.

Once this is done, the iPhone will reset in about five minutes, maybe longer. When this is done it will show Hello on the screen and show options to set up as new or restore from a backup.

How to Reset an iPhone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Most Important Pirate Bay Alternatives

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:05

5 Most Important Pirate Bay Alternatives is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Pirate Bay was one of the most popular torrent sites on the internet, and it still is, but it’s been under heavy fire throughout the last couple of years and who knows how long it’s got. Here are five Pirate Bay alternatives that are worth checking out.

While The Pirate Bay may bite the dust at some point, there are luckily a ton of alternatives that you can count on. The options are limitless, really, but there are a small handful of torrent sites that do it better than anyone else.

When looking for a new torrent site to do your business at, it’s important to look at popularity. The more popular a torrent site is, the more torrents that it will have to choose from, and not only that, but there will be more users that seed more, thus resulting in faster downloads.

Torrent users are very usually very loyal to one specific torrent site, so it’s rare when you find a user looking for a new place to get their torrents from, but with The Pirate Bay on the way out, there are a ton of other options that can take its place. Here are five Pirate Bay alternatives that are worth checking out.

KickassTorrents

Like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents has been under the radar of authorities lately, but it’s been able to survive and thrive under the pressure.

KickassTorrents first launched in 2009 using the kat.ph domain, but changed it to Kickass.to in 2012 due to domain seizure threats and it just recently moved to Kickass.so in a simple effort to prevent future problems with domain seizures from authorities.

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In any case, KickassTorrents has a very large community and pretty much any torrent you can think of is available on the site, ready to be downloaded.

Torrentz

Torrentz isn’t necessarily a torrent site in the traditional sense, but rather a powerful torrent search engine that links back to dozens of other torrent sites when it finds results for torrents.

When you search for a torrent on Torrentz, it’ll provide you a list of torrents just like on any other torrent site, but clicking on a result will give you a list of torrent sites that host that torrent file, providing you information on which of those torrent sites has the most seeds on that specific torrent file, allowing you to download the best one from the list.

The great thing about Torrentz is that it doesn’t actually host torrent files at all, so there’s no worry about it being shut down anytime soon.

Extra Torrent

Another torrent site that has been under the radar is Extra Torrent. It’s a great torrent site that has undergone scrutiny from authorities and the MPAA, but it has stayed alive and is thriving currently under a new domain name.

What’s great about Extra Torrent is its community, where almost every torrent has comments from members discussing the torrent’s quality, that way you’ll always know whether it’s a bad version or a good version.

You can browse torrents by category, such as TV shows, movies, music, books, etc.

EZTV

If you’re looking for a torrent site that only focuses on TV shows, then EZTV is the place for you. You can search for a TV show or pick from the drop-down list. From there, EZTV will list every single episode that it has available of a particular TV show.

Furthermore, the torrent site has a site news section, as well as a place where you can read about the latest TV news. There’s also a section that lists the TV shows that are airing new episodes today.

1337x

What’s perhaps so unique about 1337x is its site design, which doesn’t look like a traditional torrent site at all, but rather an IMDb clone in a way.

1337x has a really sleek website design that’s easy on the eyes and makes it simple to find a torrent that you’re looking for.

Plus, 1337x focuses on more the community aspect than most other torrent sites, with a chat function built in, as well as a forum where users can discuss torrents and other topics.

5 Most Important Pirate Bay Alternatives is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Guide: What You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 18:30

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide: What You Need to Know is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

For months, Microsoft has teased users about what it has in store for them when Windows 10 rolls out. That being said, only this week did we get a clear picture of everything Windows 10 will mean for users. Apps will work across Windows 10 on phones, tablets and notebooks and desktops. Windows 10 also includes an adaptive interface that changes depending on whether touch or a mouse and keyboard or touch is being used. There’s plenty more to entice users of every kind.

Read: What is Windows 10?

At this point, the biggest question on user’s minds isn’t whether Windows 10 will address the issues they have with Windows – Microsoft has stuffed tons of fixes into this upgrade. The question is how and if users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. Windows 10 might be a better operating system that’s easier to use for some, but upgrading is still as nuanced as it has ever been. Microsoft has confirmed that anyone running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will get the upgrade free in final form. Here’s what we know about the upgrade process already.

Upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

By all accounts, it’ll be the easiest thing in the world for Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. Microsoft hasn’t said how the final upgrade will work exactly, but we can extrapolate.

Windows 8.1 was the first time Microsoft rolled out a large update through a method other than Windows Update. Overtime, Microsoft required anyone who wanted to continue getting updates to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through Windows Update eventually, but for the first couple of months users needed to go into the Windows Store and download Windows 8. 1 manually. Presumably, that’ll be how users upgrade from Windows 8.1 to the final version of Windows 10.

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Today, Windows 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 through the Windows Insider Program. That involves signing up for the program, downloading and installation file, copying that installation file to a disc or USB flash drive and getting through the set up process. Windows 8.1 devices can be upgraded to Windows 10 without a fresh install, meaning users get to keep their programs installed.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have virtually identical system requirements. As such, compatibility shouldn’t be a problem.

Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10

Windows 8 user trying to upgrade to Windows 10, will find themselves in a bit of a jam. Officially, Microsoft treats Windows 8 as Windows 8.1, meaning you should have already upgraded to Windows 8.1 by now. To upgrade to Windows 10 right now, you’ll need to install all pending updates – including Windows 8.1 – then upgrade to Windows 10 after joining the Windows Insider Program.

Again, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have similar hardware requirements. If your PC is running either, than you’re in the clear as far as upgrades are concerned.

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Windows 7 is where upgrading to Windows 10 gets very, very interesting. Strictly speaking, Windows 10 is the most direct upgrade for anyone still using Windows 10. The Desktop interface that dominated previous versions of Windows is back in all of its glory. Microsoft has upgraded the Desktop with a new design, apps from the Windows Store and some new Snap suggestions for better multitasking. If you liked Windows 7, you should like Windows 10.

Once again, the upgrade path and system requirements are the same. Windows 7 users are able to upgrade directly to Windows 10. That means they won’t be required to install all of their programs again. Hardware compatibility should be fine, provided a device isn’t running Windows 7 Starter Edition. That’s where system requirements get dicey.

Many of the devices that came with Windows 7 Starter Edition had smaller hard drives. Windows 10 requires at least 16GB of storage to install. Your Windows 7 Starter Edition device may not have that available. If it doesn’t you may want to just wait until the final version of Windows 10 rolls out rather than deleting some of your files.

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 10

If upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 seemed dicey, going from Windows Vista to Windows 10 is going to be downright painful. In theory it shouldn’t be, Windows Vista was the first major upgrade to require faster processors and new hardware. Since Windows Vista Microsoft has basically kept upgrade requirements the same.

The trouble is that Windows Vista isn’t a supported operating system any longer. Upgrading to Windows 10 will require Windows Vista users to do what’s called a fresh install. In short, expect to install every app to your device again after the update. It doesn’t appear as if this will change for the final version of Windows 10 coming later this year.

Read: Windows 10: 3 Things to Back Up Before the Preview

Good luck updating your Windows device to Windows 10. Remember, what you’re getting is a test of the final version. Back up your data and make sure that you’ve backed up your operating system before you upgrade.

 

 

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide: What You Need to Know is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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